3 dead, 4 hurt in landmine blast

Subscribe Now February 15, 2011 at 02:41pm

A roadside bomb killed three people and wounded four others in a far-flung village in Maco town, Compostela Valley Sunday night, military officials said. The explosion happened around 6:30 p.m. while the vehicle carrying the victims was travelling along a road at Purok 7 in Libay-libay village, regional military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Santiago said.

The victims were on their way home from a peace and development rally in Maco town proper, Santiago added.

The fatalities were identified as Nicolas Paquilan, 72; Angelito Camayas, 42; and, Juanito Bacalso, 56; while two of the wounded were Rogie Ravillon, 18; and, Glen Mark Jimeno, 18.

The victims were brought to the Davao Regional Hospital, where Paquilan was declared dead on arrival. The two others died while undergoing treatment Monday afternoon.

The military believes the landmine was planted by the New People's Army rebels operating in the area.

The use of improvised landmine is a violation of two international warfare agreements: the 1997 Ottawa Convention and the amended 1996 United Nations convention in Geneva that banned the use of anti-personnel explosive devices.

"We express our heartfelt condolences to the victim's family. We are all grieving with you in this tragic event," Lieutenant Colonel Camilo Ligayo, chief of 71st Infantry Battalion, said.

Ligayo said the tragic incident is a manifestation of the NPA's barbaric nature.

He said the communist rebels aim to terrorize the people of Libay-libay village who called out for peace and committed their full support and cooperation to the government's peace and development effort.

The rally in Maco was graced by thousands of residents from 22 villages who have opposed the presence of the rebel group.

Authorities believe that members of the Front Committee 2 of the NPA were behind the explosion. The NPA has not issued a statement on the incident.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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